It is hard to believe that the schools just had their midyear break, but just like that the students are halfway through the school year! It was a busy Spring at Niños de Guatemala, and we can't wait to share what we have been up to!
In April, all the students took a field trip to the zoo in Guatemala City. With almost 500 students in three schools, NDG staff and lots of volunteers chaperoned for two days taking half of the students to the zoo on Thursday and the other half on Friday. The students walked the zoo for hours and were smiling from ear to ear. Thanks to the mothers who helped prepare meals, all kids had a snack and a packed lunch that was enjoyed after a full day of exploring all the animals the zoo had to offer. A special thanks to all the Padrinos who helped sponsor the field trip, it was an unforgettable experience!
In May, students from the middle school held a silent auction fundraiser with paintings they had made during the month and it was a huge success. Thanks to some amazing volunteers, the students took art classes for a couple weeks before the exhibit to prepare their art and wrote stories about the inspiration of their work. Then each piece was auctioned off as a donation back to NDG! The students learned about artistic expression and how to fundraise. It was a great experience and a great way to promote self-expression with the middle schoolers.
Finally, in June students held elections to elect their first student government! Students from each grade campaigned for the various positions and even put up campaign signs. It was a great way to introduce government into the classroom and get the students excited about representing the student body in a democratic way. This is the first year for the student government but they are ambitious and enthusiastic to represent their peers, we can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings!
Thank you again for your continued support! Be sure to stay up to date with Niños de Guatemala by following us on Social Media!
We have had a wonderful start to the year here at Niños de Guatemala and we are so grateful for your continued support of the organization.
With March coming to a close and April just around the corner, Ciudad Vieja and San Lorenzo el Cubo are gearing up for for Semana Santa, a week of festivities leading up to Easter Sunday. The processions have already started in Antigua and the surrounding areas. During this time community members often create "alfombras", or beautiful carpets made of sawdust, pine , and a variety of offerings, for the processions to walk on. Many of our students take part in these Easter activities as it is a time for family and celebration.
At the schools, some new and exciting things have been going on including updates to our English Program! The NDG English Studies Program has been given a boost this year by recruiting ESL qualified and professional native English speaking volunteers for a minimum of 3 months to improve the quality and support given to the Guatemalan English teachers. We are looking forward to see our English Program continue to improve and help our students to be more efficient English speakers.
The girls have been busy at school as well as the SERniña program kicked off in January. All the schools have been participating in this program which is a customized version of the REALgirl program created by Anea Bogue. SERniña offers workshops to the girls focusing on key issues affecting their self-esteem and empowerment. The trains NDG teachers and staff to teach the workshops so that they are all taught by local Guatemalan women. The girls receive a workshop once a week, every week of the year! We are so excited to see how this program can help the girls that we serve be more confident leaders in the future.
NDG is growing each day and so is the Padrino Program. So much that now the program is part of the Sponsorship Department! What does this mean for us? Well, while the Padrino Program will still operate and grow as always, we are introducing Corporate Sponsorship programs for companies interested in empowering communities in Guatemala. These sponsorships are helping us get one step closer to self-sustainability, great work Sponsorship Department!
Thank you again for your continued support and we can't wait to see what the next quarter has in store for us!
Dear friends of Niños de Guatemala,
Last year has been an incredibly successful one for Niños de Guatemala and we are excited for what 2017 has to bring. This new year means another class will join the middle school and finally the Centro educativo Basico, Nustro Futuro will be completly full, along with El Porvenir.
This year we hope to get all of our children sponsored. This will take a huge effort from everyone at Niños de Guatemala, so if you or anyone you know is interested in investing in the lives of one of our students, direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org or click this link to learn more.
In 2017 we will also focus on acquiring more support through our corporate sponsorship program and will be putting more effort towards collaborating with various partners in Guatemala City and Antigua. This is an exciting opportunity for local corporations to get involved and make a difference in the future of education in Guatemala and we believe great things are to come through these partnerships.
Finally, Niños de Guatemala would like to recognize each and every donor who has helped us this year. Without support from you, we would not be able to provide the services to the students and families in the towns of Ciudad Vieja and San Lorenzo el Cubo. We are so blessed to have your support and are forever grateful for your contribution.
We want to thank you again for your support in 2016. We hope you can join with us this New Year to continue to help Niños de Guatemala grow and continue to break the cycle of poverty in our communities.
Many thanks and wishing everyone a very happy new year!
Friends of Niños de Guatemala,
This month has been a very exciting and busy one for Niños de Guatemala. We have received great support from both organizations and individuals,celebrated with our students and community, and been joined by creative and talented staff in our office here in Antigua.
On September 15th we celebrated Independence Day in Guatemala and our students took part in parades with all of the schools of Ciudad Vieja. The 2016 school year is winding down and students are preparing for their final exams. October 7th marks the last day of school until Summer School in November. The schools will be closed until November 3rd and Summer School will last until the 30th.
Niños de Guatemala is excited to announce that we have recently launched a Sponsorship Department. In addition to the Padrino Program that we already operate, we will also now have a suite of Corporate Sponsorship options ranging levels and programs.
Today, we'd like to highlight a story out of our recently operational Community Center. The Community Center has been running for one year and provides workshops in a range of topics including cooking, baking, Zumba and jewelry making, with the goal to provide educational and entrepreneurial opportunities to all families in our communities, not just those whose children we educate. Only 20% of our parents completed primary education so most do not have the ability to access sustainable employment opportunities. Our hope is that our Community Center offers opportunities that will provide families with income generation opportunities and empower them.
One such story is that of Mirna. Mirna is 49 years old, and is responsible for caring for her 20 year old son and two parents. Mirna loves to sew. To continue to build her skills, she decided to take a sewing class with the Community Center, and upon its completion, she took an embroidery class. This embroidery class taught her skills she did not previously have, and allowed for her to acquire more business. Thanks to the classes she took at the Community Center, Mirna will now be able to provide that much more for her family.
Finally, a word on our staff: In the last few weeks several new staff members have joined us in our Antigua office. Corinne Hone will be joining our staff as a Volunteers Coordinator, and will assist Harriette Rothwell, our Volunteers Manager in her tasks. Additionally, Paul Howley will join as the Social Business Assistant to help manage our ever growing social businesses. A new group of people who are passionate about Niños de Guatemala’s mission, and who will use all of their abilities to better the lives of our community.
Thank you for your support!
Dear Friends of Niños de Guatemala,
The past few months have been an exciting time for us in Antigua and Ciudad Vieja. We´ve been lucky enough to host a number of volunteers from all over the world joining us for their summer vacations, and their enthusiasm is part of what has allowed us to continue to grow as an organization!
We´ve recently continued construction in our schools, as we´re making space for our students to continue learning and growing.
This month, we´re highlighting the story of one of our students, Juanito:
Juanito is a 9 year old student in third grade at our elementary school, El Porvenir. He loves to play and is always full of energy. Unfortunately, Juanito’s childhood has been consistently challenging. He does not have a father and his mother works in another town. She leaves for months at a time in order to support her family as a single mother. For the majority of his life he has been raised by his grandmother, aunt and uncle.
Prior to receiving help, Juanito had many problems in school. He often had difficulties following direction and getting along with his teachers. In addition he often quarrelled with his classmates and struggled academically. In order to create a better learning environment for Juanito, the psychology program, social work program and academic coordination team all collaborated to create a plan that gave Juanito the extra attention he needed to succeed in school.
Juanito began with individual therapy sessions, where he was eventually diagnosed with ADHD. After he was diagnosed, the staff worked with Juanito to build a learning plan to find the most effective way to teach him the curriculum while supporting his development. Juanito began attending refuerzo (extra classes in the afternoon for additional help with his school work). They also worked with his grandmother and uncles to assure that he was getting the attention he needed at home to keep up with his classes. They became more closely involved in his life by helping him with his homework and monitoring his behavior. With hard work, extra attention and time we could see the positive changes of Juanito’s behavior and academic performance.
At the end of the year Juanito’s mother will return and be able to provide more stability in the household, and combined with the work we have been doing this year, he will be able to succeed in his future classes. Now his attitude and concentration has improved significantly. He often demonstrates support and encouragement towards his classmates, shows interest in learning, and helps his teachers and peers when they need it. We are already working on a support plan for the upcoming year so Juanito can continue to thrive.
The names and photographs in this blog post have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved.
The Experience Guatemala Challenge 2016 mentioned in our last letter was a massive success, with teams coming from Antigua and New York City to compete and raise money and awareness for our schools. We took the teams to stay in a Mayan retreat near the Lake and to Xela for some adventurous challenges after a day of activities with our students in El Porvenir and the Básico.
Thank you so much for your continued support! To keep up to date with all the goings on in the projects and wherever you are in the world, follow us on Social Media.
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.
We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.
Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.Start a Fundraiser